The sum of several numbers divided by their count nicely summarizes the overall size of the numbers involved in a single value.

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Simple question regarding ratio and average

I have 2 lists of numbers (with an equal number of numbers in each). Each number is then divided by the number of which it is paired with (by index), and a ratio is received. I then want to calculate ...
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Calculate average wind direction

What is the best way to average wind direction? I have found many conflicting suggestions elsewhere. Best one I saw is to average SINs of all angles in radians and take inverse SIN of the result. ...
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What is the name of this type of “average”?

Given two variables $x$ and $y$, $$\frac{2}{1/x + 1/y} $$ looks like some kind of average of $x$ and $y$. Is there a name for it? Where can i look up more information (such as properties) of this ...
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Average Number of Roots of a Polynomial modulo p

Let $f \in \mathbb{Z}[X]$ be an irreducible non-constant polynomial, and consider this polynomial modulo $p$ for each prime $p$. On average, how many roots does $f$ have modulo $p$? I.e., if $r(p)$ ...
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Power Mean Random Distribution

I'm trying to find a the distribution for the power mean of $n$ random variables on $[0,1]$. I've got the arithmetic mean: $\frac{n}{(n-1)!}\sum_{k=0}^{\lfloor ...
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Average distance to a random point in a rectangle from an arbitrary point

I'm interested in the mean distance between an arbitrary 2D point, $(p, q)$, and a uniformly distributed point inside a rectangle defined by the lower left and upper right vertices $(x_0, y_0)$ and ...
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Notation for Average of a Set?

In particular, I have some set $S = \{s_1, s_2, s_3, ..., s_n\}$ and a subset $S^\prime$, and I want to denote the average of the elements in $S^\prime$. I would generally just use ...
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Standard deviation of the weighted mean [duplicate]

How do you find the standard deviation of the weighted mean? The weighted mean is defined: $\bar{x}_w = \frac{\sum{wx}}{\sum{w}}$ The weighted standard deviation (since it is not specified, I take ...
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Real world examples for Mode in Statistics

I am looking for some real world examples for mode in Statistics involving topics which students like say Football or Social networks. Also they need to clearly identify differences in the usefulness ...
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Probability value in a skewed data

A question goes like this: Given that there 2 questions out of 3 questions to pass an exam and follow are details of number of people who attended the questions correctly, what is the maximum number ...
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Convergence and Absolute Convergence of Arithmetic Mean of a sequence

Suppose $\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n |x_i|$ exists. Does $\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n x_i$ exist? How about the converse? My thoughts: I guess for the sequence ...
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Mean value of the rotation angle is 126.5°

In the paper "Applications of Quaternions to Computation with Rotations" by Eugene Salamin, 1979 (click here), they get 126.5 degrees as the mean value of the rotation angle of a random rotation (by ...
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Average transformation matrix?

I have several estimates of the transformation matrix between two planes and some values that give some indication of the error involved in the estimate. How can I use this information to gain the ...
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If $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n y_k\geq n$ and $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n \frac{1}{y_k}\geq n$, then $\prod\limits_{k=1}^n y_k\geq 1$?

Let $y_1,\ldots y_n$ be positive real numbers satisfying $y_1+\cdots+y_n\geq n$ and $\displaystyle{\frac{1}{y_1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{y_n}\geq n}$. Is it true that $y_1y_2\cdots y_n\geq 1$?
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In what sense is the “average” of $sin(x)$ equal to 0?

I think it makes intuitive sense that if a phenomenon is described by simple sinusoidal oscillation, it is "on average" equal to its midrange, but I think I failed in trying to make that statement ...
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Average Distance Between Random Points in a Rectangle

My question is similar to this one but for rectangles instead of lines. Suppose I have a rectangle with sides of length $L_w$ and $L_h$. What is the average distance between two uniformly-distributed ...
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Definition of random

Suppose that you has to guess given a set of numbers If they are random. The mathematical expectation Is there a definition of randomness that allow this prove/test? Is even possible? if so: How ...
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An upper bound for an average exponentiated weighted sum of a vector from $\{-1,1\}^n$

Suppose $\mathcal{S}=\{\mathbf{x}:\mathbf{x}\in\{-1,1\}^n\}$, that is, $\mathcal{S}$ contains all $2^n$ vectors of length $n$ containing -1 and 1. I am interested in the following average: ...
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The average value of the function $y=\tan(2x)$ over the interval $[0,\frac{\pi}{8}]$

I was given the following question in a technology free exam. How would one go about solving this without the use of a calculator? NB. I am currently in my last year of high school so please don't ...
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Is this some known mathematical concept?

I was thinking about a way to do a "weighted average" (that's what I call it, could be dead wrong) of a variable $x$ defined for a given range $x_1\leq x\leq x_N$, weighted by an always positive ...
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How to find the average value of $y = e^x$ between $x = e$ and $x = 2e$? [closed]

What approach would be ideal in finding the average value of $y = e^x$ between $x = e$ and $x = 2e$?
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What is the most elementary proof of these inequalities?

Let $p$ be a non-zero integer, and let $x_1$, $\ldots$, $x_n$ be $n$ positive real numbers. Then we define the $p$-th power mean $M_p$ of these numbers as $$ M_p \colon= (\frac{x_1^p + \ldots + ...
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The Exponential decay.

I am studying semiconductor physics. there is a paragraph about Drude model in E.spenke's book "Electronic semiconductors" page 259 in art §9: "if on the average, a time $τ$ elapses between two ...
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Is it always true that “max $\ge$ average + sigma”?

Assume that $i$ from $1,\ldots,N$, $x_i \ge 0$ and: $$\mathrm{avg} = \frac{\sum_i x_i}{N}$$ $$\sigma = \sqrt\frac{\sum_i{(x_i-\mathrm{avg})^2}}{N}$$ Is that true that: $$\max_i x_i \ge ...
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Dirichlet Series and Average Values of Certain Arithmetic Functions

If an arithmetic function $f(n)$ has Dirichlet series $\zeta(s) \prod_{i,j = 1} \frac{\zeta(a_i s)}{\zeta(b_j s)}$, for which values of $a_{i}$ and $b_{j}$ is the following true? That \begin{align} ...
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APR Calculation

I'm hoping someone can clarify this for me. The model/example is this: We lend an amount of 1498.50 (loan amount). Other fees total 39.95. The term of the loan is for 12 months. There is no ...
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How do I properly average these percentages?

I have attendance records for an annual event: person 1: $4$ of $8$ attended $= 50.00$%, or every $2$ years person 2: $1$ of $4$ attended $= 25.00$%, or every $4$ years ...
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What about $\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{\sum_{k=1}^n s_k\mu(k)}{n}$, for the zeros of Dirichlet eta function $s_k=1+\frac{2\pi k}{\log 2}i$ with $k\geq 1$?

Let for integers $k\geq 1$ the corresponding zeros of Dirichlet eta function of the form $$s_k=1+\frac{2\pi k}{\log 2}i,$$ then we can consider the following puzzle, when we multiply previous ...
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Expressing a summation using matrix algebra

Consider the $r \times n$ matrix $$\begin{pmatrix} X_{11} & X_{12} & \cdots & X_{1n} \\ X_{21} & X_{22} & \cdots & X_{2n} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ ...
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Is the norm of the average $\le$ the norm of the max?

Given $\pmb X \in \mathcal{R}^p$, denote the elements of $\pmb X$ as $\pmb x_i$ for $i= 1, \dots, n$. Denote the $t(\pmb X)$ as the average of $\pmb X$ \begin{equation} \pmb t(\pmb X) = \frac 1 n ...
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How do I average a new number into an established percentage if I know the number of items?

This seems like something I should be able to do but I can not for the life of me figure it out. I'm writing a program to calculate an average score; let's say that my data looks like this. x = ...
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Course Grade - Statistics Question

I'm confused about finding the standard deviation of various weighted objects in a problem. For example, consider an academic setting, with four assessments as follows: ...
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leading and lagging moving average indicator

What are leading short and lagging long moving average indicators and how do we calculate them? e.g. for the following data set, and let window size be 2. Can you ...
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What is the maximum value of the sum $\sum_{i=1}^L(\bar{x}-x_i)$, in this specific case.

Let $x_i$ be a positive real variable, with $i=1,2,...,K$. We denote by $\bar{x}$ the average value of the values $x_1, x_2,...,x_K$. Let $a=\min_i x_i$ and $b=\max_i x_i$, then $x_i \in [a,b]$. My ...
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What is this average called?

What is this average called? I tried Googling it but couldn't find anything about it. It's something between an arithmetic mean and a geometric mean, by which I mean you iterate both averages for two ...
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How to find the function $f$ that satisfies $f(x, y) = f(x^{-1}, y^{-1})^{-1}$ and $f(x, y)$ is $\approx$ $average(x, y)$?

Fist of all, I'm a programmer, not a mathematician, and I'm sorry for my non native English. And I'm sorry if the question is not appropriate, it is my first time here. Or if the question has no ...
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Simplified Averages - Always true?

While working on an "average rating" function for a website, I came across an idea for simplified averages, but I want to confirm that it always works. If it does, I might be able to keep a running ...
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What do curly brackets mean in this formula?

In this paper, in the Formula at the beginning of 2.2, we have $B=\{b_i(O_t)\}$ where $i=0,1$ - the number of probability formula $O_t$ - the state at moment $t$ $b_i(O_t)$ - two probabilities ...
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Expected value (mean) of function from polyline

Suppose we have a polyline that has such properties: It consists of n segments First segment's ends are (0, 0) and ...
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Finding a summarizing vector for average angle calculation

Let $L$ and $R$ be two bags of positive vectors such that all vectors have length $k$. Define the distance $d_{avg}$ between the bags as the average pairwise angle between the vectors. Is is possible ...
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Find spikes in data

I have some datasets and I need to find spikes in them. Imagine the data looks like trading data. If the spike is big enough, I need to log it, otherwise, proceed in the analysis. I tried with a ...
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Problem with calculating average.

I came across the following question. A man travels a distance of $20$ miles at $60$ miles/hr and then return over the same route at $40$ miles/hr. What is the average rate for the round trip in ...
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Average amount of money received from pulling three random coins

Let's say I have a bag of coins, which contains 1 quarter, 2 dimes, 3 nickles and 4 pennies. If I were to randomly pull out 3 coins, on average, how much money would I get?
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What is the mean score for the $20$ rolls?

A fair die is rolled twenty times. The results are shown in the bar graph. What is the mean score for the $20$ rolls?
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Average of the smaller of three random numbers from $0$ to $1$

A friend of mine claims he saw the following question on a math puzzle site:- What is the average of the smaller of three random numbers from $0$ to $1$? And they've given these options:- $A) ...
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Erased number?

A set of consecutive positive integers starting with 1 is written on the board. A student came along and erased one number. Average of remaining numbers is 61 15/20 . What was the number erased
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Averaging the values of $\cos x$ over one period

I'm calculating the average value of $\cos x$ by dividing the period $[0,2\pi]$ into ten intervals which means that I should be looking for the average of 11 results. What I get is approx. 0.09. The ...
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what is the difference between average and expected value?

I have been going through the definition of expected value in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expected_value) beneath all that jargon it seems that the expected value of a distribution is the ...
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Why should ${\sum_1^n {s_i} \over \sum_1^n {t_i}} = {n \over \sum_1^n{t_i \over s_i}}$? (harmonic mean)

I realized it reading about computer performance. This identity is presented there with words: dividing total distance by total time, you arrive at average execution rate on the left. On the right, ...
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Is the average of the averages equal to the average of all the numbers originally averaged?

I am tempted to say yes because of the following pseudo-proof (I say pseudo-proof because I am not convinced): $$ \frac{\frac{w+x}{2}+\frac{y+z}{2}}{2}=\frac{w+x}{4}+\frac{y+z}{4}=\frac{w+x+y+z}{4} ...